Velocio–SRAM Pro Cycling

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Velocio–SRAM Pro Cycling
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Team information
UCI codeSLU
RegisteredUnited States (2003–2011 & 2013–2014)
Germany (2012 & 2015)
Founded2003 (2003)
Disbanded2015 (Canyon-SRAM set up for 2016 by Ronny Lauke)
Discipline(s) Road
Status UCI Women's Team
Bicycles2003–2008 Giant
2009–2011 Scott
2012–2014 Specialized
2015 Cervélo
Key personnel
General managerKristy Scrymgeour
Team manager(s)Ronny Lauke
Jens Zemke
Team name history
2003
2004–2007
2007–2008
2008
2009
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013–2014
2015
Team T-Mobile
Team T-Mobile Women
Team High Road Women
Team Columbia Women
Team Columbia–High Road Women
Team Columbia–HTC Women
Team HTC–Columbia Women
HTC–Highroad Women
Team Specialized–lululemon
Specialized–lululemon
Velocio–SRAM Pro Cycling

Velocio–SRAM Pro Cycling, formerly known as Specialized–lululemon, was a professional cycling team based in the United States that competes in elite road bicycle racing and track cycling events. The final-season title sponsors were SRAM Corporation and Cervelo bicycles. Velocio Sports was the holding company for the team and the place-holder during a larger search for a title sponsor.

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Before 2012, the team was owned by Bob Stapleton's High Road Sports and was known in 2011 as HTC–Highroad Women. Following HTC's withdrawal of sponsorship and the failure to find a replacement sponsor, a new company, Velocio Sports, directed by High Road's former Marketing and Communications officer Kristy Scrymgeour, was set up to own the team, but most of the riders and other staff remained the same. High Road also operated an elite men's professional team known most recently as HTC–Highroad, which disbanded. [1] [2]

Prior to 2008, the team was named T-Mobile Women. Columbia Sportswear were a title sponsor from July 2008 until the end of 2010.

In August 2015, Scrymgeour announced that the team would be disbanded at the end of the 2015 season. [3] Under Scrymgeour's management, and with the introduction of team time trials world championships for trade teams in 2012, the team has won every TTT world championships in the team's existence.

History

2009

The main new riders for the team were the European Time Travel Champion Ellen van Dijk and the Canadian national champion Alex Wrubleski. Alexis Rhodes and Madeleine Sandig left the team and Anke Wichmann and Oenone Wood both retired.

2010

2011

The main new riders for the team were the Americans Amber Neben and Amanda Miller and the German time trial champion Charlotte Becker. Sadly, in January, Carla Swart died whilst training after being hit by a truck. After winning a stage, Ellen van Dijk won the Ladies Tour of Qatar which was the 400th victory for the team (men's and women's) since 2008. Ina Teutenberg won the fifth round in the Women's World Cup and the team won the seventh round, the Open de Suède Vårgårda team time trial. The team finished second overall in the World Cup. Judith Arndt finished fourth in the individual standings and Teutenberg fifth. At the end of the season Arndt took the third place in the UCI World Ranking, Teutenberg fourth and the team ended in second place in the team classification.

2012

After the men's team HTC-Highroad stopped, Kristy Scrymgeour convinced manufacturer Specialized and sports apparel company Lululemon Athletica to perpetuate the women's team in this Olympic year. The team changed slightly: Clara Hughes and Trixi Worrack were the main new recruits, while Judith Arndt, team leader since 2006, joined GreenEdge-AIS. The team had a great year. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg won numerous sprints and finished fourth in the road race of the Olympic Games. Evelyn Stevens had an excellent season by winning at the world cup race Flèche Wallonne, she won a prestigious stage of the Giro d'Italia Femminile and finished on the podium in the end and she won the general classification of the La Route de France. At the end of the season the team was in fourth place in the UCI World Ranking. Ellen van Dijk won the general classification of the Lotto-Decca Tour, the Omloop van Borsele and several stage races. The team dominated especially in the team time trials. Ellen van Dijk together with Stevens, Hughes, Amber Neben and Trixi Worrack or Teutenberg were consistent and undefeated the whole year. At the end of the season the team won the first team time trial at the world championship which was a main goal for the team this year. The team finished second in the UCI World Ranking.

2013

Three riders joined the team in 2013, American cyclists Carmen Small and Tayler Wiles, and the Canadian Gillian Carleton. Charlotte Becker, Emilia Fahlin, Chloe Hosking, Clara Hughes and Amber Neben left the team in the post-Olympic year. The year was marked with a crash of Ina-Yoko Teutenberg at the Drenste 8 in March. She was unable to ride for the remainder of the season and ended her career afterwards. Ellen van Dijk became the leader of the team and had a great season. She won the general classification of a stage race four times as well as several one-day races and finished four times on the podium in World Cup races. Above all she won the World Time Trial Championships. Van Dijk finished 3rd in the final World Cup standings and also 3rd in the UCI World Ranking. Evelyn Stevens had to miss the Tour of Flanders due to a fall. She finished fifth in the Giro Rosa, third in the Route de France, with the American Team and finished behind teammates Ellen van Dijk and Carmen Small (3rd place), fourth in the time trial at the World Championships. She finished ultimately 7th in the UCI world Ranking. The team was, like last year, undefeated in the team time trials and won the World Team Time Trial Championships in September. The team finished 3rd in the UCI World Ranking.

2014

After being part of the team since 2005, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg left the team for her retirement. Also Ellen van Dijk, the top UCI ranked and best rider of the 2013 season left the team, together with Gillian Carleton and Katie Colclough. The team attracted Chantal Blaak, Karol-Ann Canuel, Élise Delzenne and Tiffany Cromwell, with the last becoming the leader of the team. After losing the backing of the two major sponsors (Lululemon and Specialized) the team announced that Cervelo would return to the Women's peloton and become a partner of the new team [4] with SRAM also entering the team as a title sponsor as the team becomes rebranded into Velocio–SRAM Pro Cycling. [5]

2015

In preparation for the 2015 season the team signed Barbara Guarischi and Alena Amialiusik, as well as signing contract extensions with Loren Rowney, Élise Delzenne, Karol-Ann Canuel and Trixi Worrack.

Major wins

National, continental and world champions

2003
MaillotUSA.PNG United States Road Race Championships, Amber Neben
MaillotUSA.PNG United States Time Trial Championships, Kimberly Bruckner Baldwin
2004
MaillotUSA.PNG United States Road Race Championships, Kristin Armstrong
2005
MaillotUSA.PNG United States Time Trial Championships, Kristin Armstrong
MaillotUSA.PNG United States U23 Time Trial Championships, Rebecca Much
2006
MaillotCan.PNG Canada Cyclo-cross Championships, Lyne Bessette
2007
Jersey rainbow.svg World Track Championship (Points Race), Kates Bates
UEC Champion Jersey.svg European U23 Time Trial Championship, Linda Villumsen
2008
MaillotAustralia.PNG Australia Road Race Championship, Oenone Wood
MaillotDinamarca.svg Denmark Time Trial Championship, Linda Villumsen
MaillotDinamarca.svg Denmark Road Championship, Linda Villumsen
MaillotSuecia.PNG Sweden Road Championship, Emilia Fahlin
MaillotAlemania.PNG Germany Road Championship, Luise Keller
2009
MaillotSuecia.PNG Sweden Time Trial Championship, Emilia Fahlin
MaillotDinamarca.svg Denmark Time Trial Championship, Linda Villumsen
MaillotDinamarca.svg Denmark Road Race Championship, Linda Villumsen
MaillotAlemania.PNG Germany Road Race Championship, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg
UEC Champion Jersey.svg European U23 Time Trial Championships, Ellen van Dijk
2010
MaillotAustralia.PNG Australia Criterium Championship, Chloe Hosking
MaillotSuecia.PNG Sweden Road Race Championship, Emilia Fahlin
MaillotSuecia.PNG Sweden Time Trial Championship, Emilia Fahlin
MaillotUSA.PNG United States Time Trial Championship, Evelyn Stevens
MaillotAlemania.PNG Germany Time Trial Championship, Judith Arndt
Jersey dutchflag.svg Netherlands Track Championship (Individual Pursuit), Ellen van Dijk
2011
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Time Trial Championship, Judith Arndt
MaillotSuecia.PNG Sweden Time Trial Championship, Emilia Fahlin
MaillotUSA.PNG United States Time Trial Championship, Evelyn Stevens
MaillotAlemania.PNG Germany Time Trial Championship, Judith Arndt
MaillotAlemania.PNG Germany Road Championship, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg
Jersey dutchflag.svg Netherlands Track Championship (Individual Pursuit), Ellen van Dijk
Jersey dutchflag.svg Netherlands Track Championship (Madison), Ellen van Dijk
2012
PanAmericanJersey.png Pan American Time Trial Championship, Amber Neben
Jersey dutchflag.svg Dutch Time Trial Championship, Ellen van Dijk
MaillotCan.PNG Canada Time Trial Championship, Clara Hughes
MaillotUSA.PNG United States Time Trial Championship, Amber Neben
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Team Time Trial Championships, Ellen van Dijk, Charlotte Becker, Amber Neben, Evelyn Stevens, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, Trixi Worrack
2013
MaillotAlemania.PNG German Cyclo-cross Championships, Trixi Worrack
MaillotUSA.PNG United States Time Trial Championship, Carmen Small
Jersey dutchflag.svg Dutch Time Trial Championships, Ellen van Dijk
MaillotAlemania.PNG German Time Trial Championships, Lisa Brennauer
MaillotAlemania.PNG German Road Race Championships, Trixi Worrack
MaillotAlemania.PNG German Track Championships (Individual Pursuit), Lisa Brennauer
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Team Time Trial Championships, Evelyn Stevens, Ellen van Dijk, Lisa Brennauer, Katie Colclough, Trixi Worrack and Carmen Small
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Individual Time Trial Championships, Ellen van Dijk
2014
PanAmericanJersey.png Pan American Time Trial Championship, Evelyn Stevens
MaillotAlemania.PNG German Time Trial Championships, Lisa Brennauer
MaillotAlemania.PNG German Road Race Championships, Lisa Brennauer
MaillotFra.PNG France National Track Championships (Points race), Élise Delzenne
MaillotFra.PNG France National Track Championships (Scratch race), Élise Delzenne
MaillotAlemania.PNG German Track Championships (Individual Pursuit), Mieke Kröger
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Individual Time Trial Championships, Lisa Brennauer
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Team Time Trial Championships, Chantal Blaak, Lisa Brennauer, Karol-Ann Canuel, Carmen Small, Evelyn Stevens, Trixi Worrack
2015
MaillotCan.PNG Canada Time Trial, Karol-Ann Canuel
MaillotBielorrusia.PNG Belarus Time Trial Championships, Alena Amialiusik
MaillotAlemania.PNG German Road Race Championships, Trixi Worrack
MaillotAlemania.PNG German Time Trial Championships, Mieke Kröger
MaillotBielorrusia.PNG Belarus Road Race Championships, Alena Amialiusik
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Team Time Trial Championships, Alena Amialiusik, Lisa Brennauer, Karol-Ann Canuel, Barbara Guarishi, Mieke Kroger, Trixi Worrack

Team roster

As of 1 January 2015. Ages as of 1 January 2015. [6]

RiderDate of birth
Flag of Belarus.svg  Alena Amialiusik  (BLR) (1989-02-06)February 6, 1989 (aged 25)
Flag of Germany.svg  Lisa Brennauer  (GER) (1988-06-08)June 8, 1988 (aged 26)
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Karol-Ann Canuel  (CAN) (1988-04-18)April 18, 1988 (aged 26)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Tiffany Cromwell  (AUS) (1988-07-06)July 6, 1988 (aged 26)
Flag of France.svg  Élise Delzenne  (FRA) (1989-01-28)January 28, 1989 (aged 25)
RiderDate of birth
Flag of Italy.svg  Barbara Guarischi  (ITA) (1990-02-10)February 10, 1990 (aged 24)
Flag of Germany.svg  Mieke Kröger  (GER) (1993-07-18)July 18, 1993 (aged 21)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Loren Rowney  (AUS) (1988-10-14)October 14, 1988 (aged 26)
Flag of the United States.svg  Tayler Wiles  (USA) (1989-07-20)July 20, 1989 (aged 25)
Flag of Germany.svg  Trixi Worrack  (GER) (1981-09-28)September 28, 1981 (aged 33)

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